Vincent Jackson, Cameron Brate shine on final day of Bucs minicamp

After missing two days of minicamp, Vincent Jackson looked strong in his return Thursday. Chris O'Meara/AP Photo

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Vincent Jackson returned to practice after missing the first two days with a minor injury, and for the large group of season ticket holders who came out for Thursday's practice, it was worth the wait.

In red-zone drills he had back-to-back touchdown catches, including a one-handed diving touchdown catch, completely untouched. On another play, Jackson slipped between linebacker Jeremiah George and safety Keith Tandy, reaching into the air for a touchdown. He then caught a touchdown working against Johnthan Banks, his third on the day.

• While Jackson might have gotten Banks there, Banks made a great play earlier in practice in 11-on-11s in the red zone, diving in front of Jackson to bat the ball down. Banks followed him the entire play on a crossing pattern while Lavonte David and Bradley McDougald went to the other side of the field to cover tight end Brandon Myers.

Banks has been getting work in mostly with the second-team defense, but because he has such a long, lanky frame, much different from the Bucs' other corners, he matches up well with bigger receivers such as Jackson and Mike Evans.

• Tight end Cameron Brate continues to be a popular red-zone target. During red-zone drills, he caught a diving, back-shoulder fade from Mike Glennon while working against safety Major Wright. Brate showed nice body control in keeping both feet in bounds.

Brate had another touchdown catch in the red zone, running across the back of the end zone with Wright diving at his ankles. Head coach Dirk Koetter took notice, saying, “He's got an uncanny ability to show up in the red zone and did so again today."

Jameis Winston might not be known for his mobility, but Koetter said this week that they've been working hard on the scramble drill. On one particular play, however, was a designed run and he looked pretty fast. He faked a handoff to Doug Martin in the backfield, rolled out and raced to the far sideline to score. Kudos to the offensive line (Donovan Smith, Kevin Pamphile, Evan Smith, Ali Marpet and Demar Dotson) for selling that so well.

• The chemistry between linebackers Lavonte David and Kwon Alexander continues to improve, and you could see it when Winston attempted to hit Charles Sims across the middle of the field in the red zone, with both linebackers converging around Sims, and David nearly getting a hand on it. Alexander also had a notable goal-line pick on Wednesday off Winston.

• Brandon Myers caught a nice pass underneath with cornerback Jude Adjei-Barimah draped on him. Adjei-Barimah is still getting first-team reps at nickel, despite some big-time plays made by Vernon Hargreaves lining up on the outside with the second-team defense. Hargreaves has also worked at nickel with the second-team.

• Tight end Tevin Westbrook hauled in a touchdown over the middle from Mike Glennon in red zone while working with the second-team offense.

• Rookie safety Ryan Smith, who played cornerback at North Carolina Central, had a nice pass breakup on a pass from Ryan Griffin intended for tight end Kivon Cartwright.

• Players got a solid dose of game-time situations Thursday, a benefit to having an officiating crew for the entire duration of minicamp. In the two-minute drill, the first-team offense scored a touchdown and was called for an illegal pick. The second-team also had a penalty. The third group attempted a hurry-up field goal.

"You can’t manufacture enough of those game-ending situations," Kotter said. "Even if we screw them up -- and we do -- to be able to go in and show them to the guys on tape and learn from them because when they come up in real life, we have to a little better than we did today.”

• A minor scuffle broke out at the end of practice, and it appeared to involve defensive tackle Akeem Spence and offensive tackle Demar Dotson. Koetter's response?

"It’s hot as hell out here, these guys are working their tail off, emotions get heated and guess what? That’s football practice. Get over it.”